In 2006, the Royal Charter under which the BBC operates will expire, and new
arrangements will have to replace it. The form these will take must be decided at
a time of both change and controversy. As channels proliferate, the corporation's
once unchallenged role in the broadcasting firmament is being transformed.
At the same time, the scale of its activities, the character of its output and the
way it is run and funded are being questioned as never before, while the Hutton
verdict has called into question its journalism, management and governance.
During May 2003, the Conservative Party asked a group of broadcasting
experts to analyse the issues raised and to propose a path through them.
The group were entirely independent of the party, which is not bound to
accept their conclusions. This report sets out their proposals.
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